“Pink Noise” Improves Sleep

Insomnia affects nearly ten percent of Americans. A survey of more than seven thousand people found that 23% exhibited signs of insomnia and estimated that lack of sleep costs the country 63 billion dollars annually in lost productivity. Some preliminary studies have suggested that applying a gentle current to the brain might ameliorate this issue, but the idea […]

Caffeine Enhances Memory in Bees

Researchers recently discovered that honeybees get a memory boost from caffeine, both short-term and long-term. In their study, honeybees that consumed a solution with sugar and caffeine were three times more likely to remember a flower’s scent than honeybees that consumed a solution with just sugar. Three times as many bees that drank the first […]

Forget about it!

What is the earliest memory that you can remember? Is it a good memory or a bad one? Hopefully it’s a good one. Recent studies have shown, however, that the brain has two ways of coping with bad memories. Students are taught in school that in order to “remember” something, there are a series of […]

But I Studied!

Night Before Test: Oh, I studied sooo much, I think I’m ready for the test tomorrow. Right Before Test: Yes, I’m going to ace this thing! During the Test: ….. After the Test: What the @#$%? Some of us may not have the best studying techniques, but it’s not just us who tend to undermine […]

Brain Stimulation Improves Spatial Memory!

  In a recent article, the NY Times discusses scientists’ new findings on how to improve memorythrough electrical stimulation. In a study covered by the New England Journal of Medecine, epilepsy  patients were stimulated by getting electrodes inserted into their brain as they were being prepared for surgery. Although these tests are nonconclusive, these patients […]

But I Just Looked That Up!

  Did you ever look something up on Google and forget it five seconds later? Recent studies show that the use of online databases (Google) is affecting the way people remember information. Because everything is displayed on the Internet for maximum public consumption, more people are finding that they can easily recall where they have […]